Hip operations are far from routine for those in constant pain

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Responding to a report from the Royal College of Surgeons that some NHS patients are being refused routine unless they are “suffering enough pain”, Saga director, Paul Green commented:

Hip operations are far from routine for those in constant pain

"Whilst a hip operation could be considered a 'routine operation' in the eyes of the medical profession, for the person living in constant pain it is far from routine.

"In addition to the added discomfort, delays in treatment prevent people from being able to work or volunteer as many over 50s do and also stops them enjoying their leisure time. 

Decisions about treatment should not be based solely on the extremity of the pain, quality of life and the ability to continue contributing to society should arguably be a greater priority.”

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